Co-sponsor the FAMILY Act, the Healthy Families Act and the Schedules that Work Act
In the next couple of weeks, the Republicans will attempt to advance the so-called Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1180) which would give workers less flexibility and less pay. Join me in supporting real worker friendly proposals, which would provide time to care for serious personal, family needs and better work schedules.
The Healthy Families Act (H.R. 1516), with 122 cosponsors, would guarantee workers the right to earn up to seven paid sick days each year to recover from short-term illness, to care for a sick family member, to seek routine medical are or to obtain assistance related to domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.
The Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act (H.R. 947), with 132 cosponsors, would create a national paid leave insurance program, modeled on successful programs in California, New Jersey, Rhode Island and, soon, New York. It would allow workers to earn a portion of their pay while they take time away from work to care for a new child; care for a seriously ill family member; address their own serious health condition; or manage certain military caregiving responsibilities.
Research shows that a majority of Americans support an inclusive family and medical leave program like the FAMILY Act and a majority of small businesses support the FAMILY Act. For example, 87 percent of Americans support inclusive paid family and medical leave programs with 55 percent strongly supporting.[i] Seven out of ten small businesses favor the FAMILY Act, including 47% who strongly favor it.[ii]
Lastly, I will soon reintroduce the Schedules That Work Act in May. The Schedules that Work Act would give workers more control over their schedules and offer workers true predictability and stability in shifts and work hours, consistent with current FLSA protections. It ensures that workers in selected industries are not penalized for refusing to work overtime on short notice and creates barriers to just-in-time scheduling and on-call shifts, which result in underemployment, lost opportunities and extra expenses for workers.
Please join me in cosponsoring these pro-worker, family friendly pieces of legislation.
[i] A Better Balance. (2017, February). Most Americans Support Paid Family & Medical Leave. Retrieved 10 April 2017, from http://www.abetterbalance.org/most-americans-support-paid-family-medical-leave/